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THE FIGHT Isn't Over

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The public part of this battle is done, but CEA Foundation and the 26 groups in the MineWatch Coalition remain on the job. Rise Gold has filed a lawsuit against the County. We will be adding our support in defending the County’s decision.

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The approval process for the mine is regulated by California's Environment Quality Act (CEQA), making the whole effort a marathon, not a sprint. Here is a quick view of major milestones. For a detailed timeline, visit the Nevada County project page. 


Here are the highlights:


  1.  Notice of Preparation - July 2020 - Complete

  2.  Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Comments & Public Hearing - Apr 2022 - Complete

  3.  Economic Impact Report Released by County - Dec 2022 - Complete (optional, not a CEQA requirement)

  4.  Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) Comments & Public Hearing - May 2023 - Complete

  5.  Planning Commission Votes - May 2023 - Complete (It was a unanimous "no" vote)

  6.  Special Hearing - December 13 &14, 2023 - Supervisors heard Rise Gold's request for "vested rights" - Complete (another unanimous "no" vote)

  7. Board of Supervisors Votes - February 15 & 16, 2024 - Complete - Supervisors unanimously voted to deny the project and the EIR!


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